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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Secret of Successful Weight Control

We are going to share some top secret information that will help you drop weight faster that people are dropping their home phone lines.   Are you ready, it's a simple concept called energy balance!  It is all about calories in versus calories expended.  If you want to gain weight, take in more calories than you burn.  If you want to lose weight, expend more calories than you take in.  If you want to maintain weight, equal it out!  It's a pretty easy concept so why is 66% of our population overweight?  Let's take a look at the facts...

First of all, most of us underestimate the number of calories we consume in a day, underestimate the caloric content of foods, and overestimate the number of calories we burn during expenditure.  It takes a deficit of 3500 calories to lose a pound of fat and vice versa for weight gain.  So look at it this way, if you have a caloric deficit of 500 calories/day in one week you will lose 1 pound (which is recommended).

How do we figure this?  Follow the link below for great information on caloric balance (courtesy of the CDC).

Also, here are a few useful websites and or apps that can help you track your calories in and out:

http://caloriecount.about.com/ (they also have an app)

And don't forget, there is also the old reliable pen and paper for recording.  You can then use the above sites to figure out calorie content and expenditure.

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